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ATN/AIR-P Puberty and Adolescent Resource: A Guide for Parents (Autism Speaks)


Puberty can be a time of mixed feelings for parents and pre-teens. It may be a time of pride and celebration, as well as a time of worry and confusion. It is hard for pre-teens to understand the many changes that come along with puberty. Also, parents may feel unsure of how to explain these changes to their child. All parents eventually face the challenge of teaching their children about the natural changes of puberty. However, parents of pre-teens with ASD may need the help of additional strategies to ease the transition. Our aim in developing this tool is to provide guidance on the subject of puberty that can be directly applied to pre-teens with ASD. In doing so, we hope to increase families' understanding of puberty and their ability to adapt to these changes with confidence.
Topics include:
     Body changes
     Self-care and hygiene
     Public vs. private rules
     Staying safe: Strangers, secrets and touch
     Safety planning for increased aggression
     Internet safety


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